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this is bbc news. i'm carrie gracie. the headlines at "pm: the former football coach barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys. is the waiting over in south africa? president zuma will face the media tomorrow, as his party calls for him to quit for the sake of the country. catching the online terrorists: the government unveils a new tool to detect extremist content. the newsnight, or as johnson the newsnight, or asjohnson will give a speech tomorrow in which he tries to make peace with those who blame him for brexit. we have more in common than you think, he says. brexit is a liberal project. will that convince his enemies? good evening and welcome to bbc news. the former football coach
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barry bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against young boys in the 1980s. bennell, who's 64, had denied 48 charges, including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults, but the jury convicted him on 36 counts and has asked for more time to consider seven others. during the trial prosecutors described him as a "predatory paedophile", who molested young boys on an industrial scale. danny savage reports. barry bennell. the football coach who abused many young boys in his charge. today he was convicted of sexually assaulting boys aged between eight and 15. he was the gatekeeper to a dream world in football, but his victims have to silently suffer horrific abuse. his trial heard he was a child molester
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on industrial scale. this afternoon he was found guilty of assault and of the 11 boys this trial centred on. thejury haven't of the 11 boys this trial centred on. the jury haven't yet reached a decision on a number of other charges and will continue their deliberations tomorrow. he accused the at his homes, one of which was on the stub a shia village. he had arcade games and exotic pets and a lwa ys arcade games and exotic pets and always had a reason for them to stay over. his victims were associated with crew and manchester city, where he was involved in the junior setups. he was said to have been treated like god at manchester city's main road round. in court it was said he groomed the parents of the complainant so he could carry on the complainant so he could carry on the abuse. he offered no evidence in his defence, but his barrister accused some of the men who were boys at the time of inventing stories about him and jumping on the bandwagon. today the 64—year—old, who has appeared throughout the case via video link, should he said as the guilty verdicts were returned. some aussies the terms were in tears
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hearing finally that the man who abused them when they were little boys has been convicted —— some of his victims were in tears. south africa's president jacob zuma will speak to the media tomorrow after the governing african national congress decided to recall him from office. jacob zuma has come under mounting pressure to resign, following several corruption scandals. not quite the night of the long knives, but still the party moving definitively to be rid of a defiant president. late last night the convoy of the anc leader cyril ramaphosa coming to tell his executive that after a short meeting jacob zuma was refusing to resign voluntarily. with the media kept at bay, the party debated what to do next. it's half—past midnight and they're still talking in there. more than ten hours after they started. there's a sense that the whole
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future of the anc, and indeed of this country, hinges on what happens now. this afternoon in johannesburg, after a meeting that eventually ran for 13 hours, the anc revealed that its patience was exhausted. in its wisdom, the nec decided as follows — one, to recalljacob zuma. recall, in other words they were calling onjacob zuma to resign. and if he doesn't it's likely they'll force him out through a motion of no confidence in parliament. but it's potentially risky. the president still has many supporters in the party. do you worry that this is going to split the anc, divide the movement irreparably? i don't know whether the anc will split. but we are leaders, we belong to branches and we are appealing to our structures to understand that the national executive committee has taken decisions. so, as the anc officials leave,
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they've now thrown down a gauntlet to president jacob zuma. they've given him time, lots of time, they say, to respond to their demand that he step down. it's now up to him. nobody could accuse the anc of rushing to remove jacob zuma. the leadership did nothing while corruption scandals multiplied during nine years of his rule. an indian immigrant family, the guptas, was allowed to purchase vital national enterprises, employing the president's son in what became known as ‘state capture‘. now the opposition believes president zuma no longer cares about dividing his party or country. now he's just defiant. you know, these are the last kicks of a dying horse. but it becomes dangerous. he doesn't care. he's not even scared of impeachment. so, he is prepared to lose everything. jacob zuma has lived and ruled in the shadow of greatness. however it comes about, he will leave office
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a humiliated figure. the government has unveiled an online tool, powered by artificial intelligence, that it says can accurately detect extremist content and stop it from being viewed. the home secretary, amber rudd, says she wouldn't rule out bringing in a law, that would force technology companies to use it. but with propaganda from so—called islamic state appearing on more than 400 platforms last year, there are concerns that such groups will simply adapt their methods to reach new audiences. our media editor amol rajan has the story. militaristic, cinematic and often shot with high—level production values, these propaganda videos for the so—called islamic state espouse terror and hatred. they're also easy to find on the internet right now. so what we have here are two videos, one of which is extremist content, the other which is perfectly legitimate news coverage. now an artificial intelligence firm in london has used home office money
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to target such extremist content. the creators claim the technology, which is obviously secret, can spot 94% of is content online with an accuracy of 99.995%. the technology distinguishes between news and extremism and flags up examples, such as the one on the right, with a high probability of being extremist content, to be vetted by a human. what we are looking to do is to try and remove this content from the public web. if it requires somebody to have ten passwords and an incredibly complicated tor browser before they can get access to content, we see that as a win. it means that it can'tjust be shared between friends on, like, their mobile phones. while attention is focused on big firms like twitter, google and facebook, crucially, this technology will benefit smaller platforms, who will have free use of it. islamic state supporters used over 400 unique platforms last year, 145 of them for the first time.
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like other forms of modern media, terrorist propaganda has now shifted online. what's so striking about this new tool is both that it's funded by government rather than technology firms, and that it's powered by artificial intelligence. in other words, it's an admission that machines rather than manpower will be most effective at finding and removing extremist material online. 0ne formerjihadist, who now works in counter—radicalisation, argues that terrorists will always adapt their methods to find new audiences and the platforms need to be willing to take action. the big players in this area are taking a lot of action, but what we've found is that it's the smaller companies who aren't necessarily prepared to play ball with government, sometimes because they're suspicious of government, sometimes because they simply don't regard it as being part of their business model. it's not yet clear how widely the technology will be taken up, but the government says its instinct is to collaborate with industry. we're not going to rule out taking legislative action if we need to do it, but i remain convinced that the best way to take real
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action, to have the best outcomes, is to have an industry—led form, like the one we've got. your algorithms are doing that grooming and that radicalisation. it's a war of attrition, but the chair of the home affairs select committee says the onus is still on the biggest digital companies. i think it's imperative on the tech giants, on all of these companies, to do more to operate swiftly to remove illegal material. if they don't, there has to be some form of penalty on them for not doing this because, in the end, this is about illegal material. it's important to be realistic about the costs and consequences of the open web. while technology and government pressure can reduce harm, the fight against digital extremism is a war without end. amol rajan, bbc news. a man has died after being shot in west belfast. the attack happened at glenbawn avenue, in the poleglass
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area, at around 8pm this evening. it's believed the victim was in his late 20s. israeli police say they will recommend to the attorney general that prime minister benjamin netanyahu should be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. mr netanyahu has been accused of accepting lavish gifts from wealthy businessmen in return for favours. he's also been accused of bribery in connection with a deal to provide him with positive media coverage. mr netanyahu denies any wrongdoing. earlier i spoke to our correspondent in jerusalem, james reynolds. he gave us more details about the cases. the police have come out tonight with a lengthy statement detailing exact we wyre davies decided to recommend charges and the first case they outline what they say is nine yea rs they outline what they say is nine years in which mr netanyahu received lavish gifts, cigars, pink champagne and jewellery for him and his family over a period of nine years, the value of which was about £200,000,
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and in exchange the police suggest that he gave special treatment to his wealthy friends. mr netanyahu has come out and said the recommended charges against him are baseless. so what about the next move in this? he is obviously not going to be arrested for this. no. it's simple what happens next. the police have made their recommendation. they now give it to the country's attorney general, who will study it and hear from the country's attorney general, who will study it and hearfrom mr netanyahu's will study it and hearfrom mr neta nyahu's laura will study it and hearfrom mr netanyahu's laura deas and then he will make his decision, whether or not to proceed with an indictment. —— lawyers. 0r whether to do nothing. and we expect that process to last at least several months. so israeli politics for the next several months will have this cloud hanging over the most significant figure in the country. here, a judge has upheld the uk arrest warrant for the founder of the wikileaks website, julian assange.
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it was issued when he breached bail conditions in 2012 and sought refuge at the ecuadorean embassy, where he's been ever since. he was facing sexual assault allegations in sweden, which have since been dropped. mr assange says he now fears extradition to the us. charlotte gallagher reports from westminster magistrates court. thejudge didn'tjust uphold the arrest warrant, she went through the arguments put forward byjulian assange's legal team forensically and rejected each one of them. she said his treatment wasn't disproportionate. she said julian assange was impeding justice by choosing, her words, to remain in the ecuadorian embassy. she said it appeared julian assange only wanted to cooperate with the legal system if it was on his terms, and she said he should have the courage to come to court and answer the case for himself. so as we stand, the arrest warrant issued by the uk authorities does still stand. where this goes from here, his legal team now have 14 days to appeal this ruling and ask
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for a judicial review. a heart—warming image of a gorilla in the arms of one of her rescuers has been selected as the winner of the wildlife photographer of the year people's choice award. the winning image, chosen by almost 20,000 nature fans, was captured by canadian photographerjo—anne mcarthur. pikin, a lowland gorilla, is being moved here to a new home by her caretaker in cameroon. 0therfinalists included this image of a polar bear mother and her cubs emerging from their den in the early canadian spring. this shot shows a lilac—breasted roller hitching a ride on a zebra at the maasai mara national reserve in kenya. also on the short—list, this cheeky picture of a three—toed sloth hanging around in the brazilian rainforest and, finally, a humpback whale
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and her calf floating in the water around tonga. the winning images will be showcased in the wildlife photographer of the year exhibition at the natural history museum in london, until may 28th. congratulations to all of those winners. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight with evan davies. he's been the remainers‘ public enemy number one ever since he led the out campaign, but now he comes in peace. tomorrow he makes a speech saying let's all be friends again. we'll look ahead to that speech, in which the foreign secretary's main message is that brexit is a liberal project, not a nationalist one. it may not entirely convince all his opponents. i think we've had enough of sound bites. liberal, outward—looking, global, buccaneering, brexit means brexit, deep and special partnership,
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no deal better than a bad deal. all those are slogans. we'll ask the liberal in chief how he feels about boris's tanks on his lawn. the 0xfam crisis. is this only about one agency? or does the whole sector have questions to answer? this boy is an outstanding science student at the state school in the north of england. what's his ambition? do you see science in your future? yeah, like, i want to become a chef and apply science to cooking. young, gifted and poor, what should we do to help realise their potential? and you probably saw the 0bama painting. it's gone down rather well, so we'll be asking someone who has


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